How to get your Bing Desktop image of the day back on Windows 8.1

How to get your Bing Desktop image of the day back on Windows 8.1

Summary: Yep, the Windows 8.1 Preview release breaks the Bing Desktop program. But I've created a temporary workaround. (UPDATED)

TOPICS: Windows 8, Microsoft, PCs

Editor's note: since this article was published, Microsoft released an updated version of Bing Desktop with a service pack which resolves this issue. You can get it here.

Updated Bing Desktop on Windows 8.1 (Source: Jason Perlow)


Topics: Windows 8, Microsoft, PCs


Jason Perlow, Sr. Technology Editor at ZDNet, is a technologist with over two decades of experience integrating large heterogeneous multi-vendor computing environments in Fortune 500 companies. Jason is currently a Partner Technology Strategist with Microsoft Corp. His expressed views do not necessarily represent those of his employer.

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  • Maybe this is an oversight

    But they should simply built this straight into Windows, just as they did for WP8 and WP7.8
    • bing on windows phone 8

      I have it on my windows phone and it stays stuck on one image all the time. Never changes.
  • I haven't had a problem with the bing desktop image changing

    The first time i start up my computer in the morning the desktop image changes like it did before the widows 8.1 update. Sometimes the application wont start or it crashes, but the image changes
  • Thanks

    Thank you Mr. Perlow - with the addition of being able to use your Desktop wallpaper as the tile background in Windows 8.1 I am in pig heaven - haven't had opportunity to see if it updates yet, but I have today's image on my Windows 8.1 RT device
  • No issues running in VM

    I am running 8.1 in VM and is using my Live id account to login. So I have all my settings brought over from 8.0, include Bing wallpaper.
    • Settings Sync'd

      And a nice (?) thing about that, it only requires the search app to be running on one windows 8 device, works on my Surface RT . no search loaded.

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  • Best application ever

    I live this application. Handy to use and many more features.